Slow taper. Begin to taper off of the Xanax (alprazolam) very very slowly and at the same time create something in your life that might support you and protect you from anxiety. For example exercise is a great medicine for anxiety and can be very helpful when going through a taper. Also a well balanced diet, nutritional supplements, good sleep and relaxation exercises are helpful. You need a doctors help to taper off.
Mutual support helps. Consider attending a meeting of alcoholics anonymous, narcotics anonymous or pills anonymous. You are not alone.
Change meds. If you have been unable to control your use of xanax, (alprazolam) you may be unable to taper. Mant docs will substitute a long acting sedative like Librium or Phenobarbital and wean with that. The wean may need to go slowly if you have been using for years.
Great question! Do not stop taking xanax (alprazolam) by yourself. Consult a professional about tapering off xanax (alprazolam) or other sedatives. Some people need to be hospitalized to safely detox from sedatives. You will need lots of support to recover from addiction. Aa and na are 2 possibilities. Smart recovery uses cognitive-behavioral principles. You can find these resources on the internet. Don't do alone - ask for help.
See below. Addiction is a hard term to define. However, if you are you using xanax (alprazolam) several times daily and irritability and anxiety are returning at the end of many of the 4-8 hour intervals between doses, the xanax (alprazolam) may be making your symptoms worse and be causing you great suffering.
4 C's of addiction. Addiction is when you cannot consistently control your use (taking more than prescribed, buying off the street, etc.), are obsessed/compulsive about the use, have craving, and continue to use despite adverse consequences (legal, relationships, medical, etc.). That's the short version of a definition of addiction. Tolerance and withdrawal can occur in people who are or are not addicted.
Not Good Idea. Many believe that some develop a relationship with food that triggers pleasure center in the brain in the same way that drugs like Cocaine do, causing Dopamine release & repeated patterns of reward & addictive seeking out of substance. Xanax (alprazolam) is also addictive & you would be replacing one substance for another or multiplying your addictions. Seek out 12 step program and counseling. Good luck.
Taper off slowly. To stop using xanax (alprazolam) a slow taper could be done in an office setting, usually with a substitute anti anxiety medication like Clonazepam that has a longer onset of action and a longer half life, making it less prone to dependence. To taper off of the medication more quickly it should be done in a hospital setting. Xanax (alprazolam) should not be stopped abruptly due to risk of seizures or death.
Yes. Xanax (alprazolam) is one of the harder benzodiazapines to stop. If you were highly anxious to begin with, however, if may be that the problem is returning anxiety as much as side effects from stopping the xanax (alprazolam). Usually best to get another treatment for anxiety in place and then taper off the xanax (alprazolam).
I take. 25 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) once a day. Have been for a year. Will that turn into a addiction?
Not really. It is a small dose. If you use it for the right reason without increasing dose, that is not abuse.
Probably not. "addiction" implies a behavior change where you use more and more of the medicine to achieve the same results, and you persist in using despite negative effects in important parts of your life (work, relationships, etc). In addiction a lot of time is spent using and procuring the substance, or doing the behavior. Using. 25mg xanax (alprazolam) only once a day is unlikely to result in these changes.
See a professional. Benzodiazepine addiction, the class of drugs to which xanax (alprazolam) belongs, can be very serious, and sudden cessation of the drug, or tapering it too quickly can result in seizures, cardiovascular stress and delirium. Longer-acting medications can be subsituted and gradually tapered, both inpatient and outpatient. Psychological counseling is critical to deal with why you need them so much.
Yes. The cycle of addiction is prone to sleep cycle disturbance.
I have mild ocd and a little overthink what is a safe dose of xanax (alprazolam) without addiction and built up a tolerance to it? I take it like 0.5 xanax (alprazolam) per week
If... If you take one 0.5 mg xanax (alprazolam) per week - that is not consistent with tolerance.